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has to see that this was a fairly big win for progressive in america last night. the president he didn't win by a lot of votes but it's a complicated country. he won by loft states. it was a well-run campaign. he made a better case, we picked up more women in the senate. we have a lot of gay rights initiatives across the country that were successful. there is an election where there is a progressive mandate for the next four years. i hope the president sees it. so far there is no real sign that he is. >> eliot: i want you to pick up on that point. you mentioned the initiative on same section marriage. talk for a moment, if you would about the state referendum. >> on gay rights issues and on same-sex marriage in particular it was a huge night. tammy baldwin the first gay person elected to the u.s. senate. then we had these same sex ballot measures, same sex ballot measures, which we've never had on the ballot before. for the first time we had a tipping point where we won not one of these states but all four of them where they were on the ballot. the president's endorsement of same-sex m
i choose, if i think that she would be the best person to serve america in the capacity at the state department department, then i will nominate here. >> eliot: much more on that a little later in the program. the president also reached out to the g.o.p. on immigration reform and offered an idea that he would like to see from congress. >> obama: whatever process we have needs to make sure that border security's strong, needs to deal with employers effectively, needs to provide a pathway for the undocumented here needs to deal with the dream act kids and i think that's something we can get done. >> eliot: and mr. obama commented on an issue he doesn't expect congress to take up any time soon. >> obama: i am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions as a consequence i think we have an obligation to further generations to do something about it. >> eliot: but with jobs and the economy his top priority addressing climate change will just have to wait. joining us now the host of full full court press and author of "toxic talk."
, south or the north, we must say to america that the right to vote is precious, and as my colleague said, we've got to organize around this. we are overwhelmed by blocks to voting. it stops people from voting. it treatens people from voting and we have to get away from that to keep the ideals of this constitution and what we were founded on is that we're all created equal. >> you are so right and yourar particularlation of this as a fundamental civil rights issue the core of our democracy. i think the good news is over the past months, what i don't see is a clear republican effort to suppress voters among minority voters, send years those they view adverse to their agendas, the courts stepped in to protect fundamental civil rights. that has been one of the state successful story lines of this election season. as a consist betweens, what we're seeing now is another form of voter suppression the same republican governors not permitting the ballot box to be opened, not permitting the resources to be there. already in florida we've seen a voting line of seven hours which is a different form,
in america. five justices on the nine-member supreme court can tell us what our rights are and what they are not. that's why the supreme court was an issue lurking below the surface of the election even though they almost never heard it mentioned outloud. joining me is the author of america's unwritten constitution, yale professor of law and political science one of the most renowned constitutional scholars of our era, akhil reed amar. professor, thank you for joining us. >> nice to be here. thanks. >> eliot: there has been a dramatic shift in civil rights in particular as it pertains to same-sex marriage. there are a couple of cases before the supreme court this year on that issue. what will the supreme court do? will they find a constitutional right to same-sex marriage or find a more limited constitutional prohibition on discrimination against same-sex couples? >> well, they haven't yet agreed to take a case from california and they could just let things lie in which case a lower court ruling would stand that g
of america. and see their way through their education. you know, this is silly. so in other words if you run on a campaign that people should have the same kind of healthcare that members of congress, that's a gift. well guess what. that's a gift that i got first then. if you say to the american public you should be able -- i get -- i send my kids to school because i make $174,000 so they don't have a problem going to any college they want but if we ensure that everyone has an opportunity to go to school and save money and going to school, it is almost like hey, you don't have to pay the college loans back, i think it is really sad eliot, when i hire young people, the first thing i ask them when i hire them is how much do you owe? the first thing i think about when i set a salary is how am i going to help these young people who come to washington. kids are burdened with debt. we have to help them out of that. they have to pay it back. it is not free. we took the wall street bankers out of the equation but that's abou
netanyahu secretary clinton defined america's bottom line for the crisis. >> it is essential to de-escalate the situation in gaza. the rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside gaza on israeli cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored. >> eliot: the secretary also said any short-term solution should lead to something more lasting. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> eliot: but with israeli forces still amassing on the border netanyahu said they were ready to escalate the conflict if peace talks fail. >> if there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem through diplomatic means, we prefer that. but if not i'm sure you understand that israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people. >> eliot: as always, israeli self-defense has severe critics including a one-time regional party, turkey. turkish prime minister morsi r
that whether you live on the east, west, south, or the north. we must say to america that the right to vote is precious. and as my colleague said we've got to organize around this. we are overwhelmed by blocks to voting. it stops people from voting. it frightens people from voting. we have to keep away from that to keep the ideals of this constitution and what we were founded on is that we were all created equal. >> you're so right in your articulation of this. it's a fundamental civil rights issue and it goes to the core of our democracy. over the past several months i don't hesitate was a clear republican effort to supply suppress votes seniors who they viewed to be adverse to their agenda. that effort has failed because the courts have done what the courts have done historically in this nation, they've steppedded in to prevent negative effects to civil rights. another form of suppression the same republican governors not permitting the ballot box to be open, not permitting the resources to be there, which is why we've seen a voting line of seven hours, a mechanical way of keeping people
million people. half of them children. in the 1970s america almost had the hunger problem licked but now the poverty has gone up. one in six americans and one in five children lived in homes that could not afford to buy food. let's bring in joel berg, author of "all-you-can-eat: how hungry is america." welcome. >> thank you. >> eliot: give us a magnitude of the problem. >> 50 million americans including nearly 17 million children live in households that cannot afford enough food. now they're not starving to death like somalia or north korea because we do have a federal assistance safety net but they're choosing between food and medicine, choosing between food and rent, and in the wealthiest history of the nation wealthiest nation in the history of the world they don't have enough food for their entire sustenance for the year. >> eliot: this is what people find staggering. we appreciate the wealth of this nation. we see the excesses. but we think virtually everybody can get the food they need. we don't appreciate there is a vast percentage of americans who simply cannot put food on the ta
6602 ape is it marked a turning point for gay and lesbian politics. america has it's first openly gay senator. plus lgbt votes helped make the difference in a tight presidential race. only 3.5 million votes separated the candidates. and yet, it is still legal under federal law in america to discriminate in hiring in employment on the basis of sexual orientation or identity. these are forgone conclusions for people of color and faiths but for the lgbt community the fight still rages on. with me tico, welcome to the show. >> it's great to go back. >> eliot: especially after you've had this year. one big win after another what made this happen? >> this year's election was a turning point for americans and our movement for fairness and for justice under the law. and i think president obama has proven once and for all that elected officials can take a strong stance in favor of lgbt fairness and not fear backlash from the voters. i'm not talking about his marriage equality, which is historic, his agencies put through dozens and dozens of changes things like hospital visitation, no discr
they win america's fastest-growing bloc of voters. that's ahead on "viewpoint." mix. >>now it's your turn at the only online forum with a direct line to eliot spitzer. >>join the debate now. >> eliot: point one, latinos vote. something most folks understood before tuesday--republicans apparently not. point 2. it is never too soon to think about 2016. point 3 points one and two mean that republicans will change their views on immigration. even rabid right-wing radio hosts like sean hannity seem to get that. >> we've gotta get rid of the immigration issue all together. it's simple for me to fix it. i think you control the border first, and you create a pathway for those people who are here. you don't say you gotta go home. that's a position that i've evolved in. >> eliot: joining me now political reporter joe williams and molly ball. molly, let me start with you. this is pretty quick pretty dramatic. they didn't get a single vote from the latino community. some are saying, oops, now we got to embrace you. what will the immigration platform of the republican party look like. >> i think there
that the united states of america pays its bills and does not default for the first time in its history is deeply irresponsible. >> eliot: despite boehner rejecting the president's proposal, democratic leaders seem to expect the g.o.p. to cave at least on raising marginal tax rates on the wealthiest 2% of all tax iers. chuck schumer was all but gleeful as he analyzed the g.o.p.'s position. >> they're not going to openly concede on this point this far out from the deadline. but they see the handwriting on the wall. >> eliot: for more on the fiscal cliff negotiations and today's confrontation, let's go to michael tomasky political correspondent. michael, this constitutes high drama by washington standards. any surprise that the president's proposal was outright rejected by speaker boehner? it was an "in your face" proposal to him. >> it was. i'm not surprised. i don't think any of us are surprised it was rejected. i think we're a little surprised, maybe a lot surprised it was put forward in the first place. this is
currently feeding the need and when discussing any issues concerning food and hunger in america, there's no better place to start than with our nation's farmers. the u.s. farm bill expired at the end of september without congress passing or even voting on a new bill. the farm bill is an enormous piece of legislation that sets farm insurance policies, conserves, agricultural land and provides nutrition programs for millions of americans. you would think that something that affects the food supply and prices for every american would be a top priority for even the most dysfunctional lame duck congress in its last weeks yet it seems that a new bill may have to wait until early next year when the process will start all over. joining me now to tell us just how vital a farm bill is and why congress refuses to deal with it is a great friend, congressman peter welch democrat of vermont and a member of the house agriculture committee. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> eliot: what is the farm bill and why doesn't it fly throug
what was good for g.m. was good for america. now when g.m. produces more cars in china than here, it is not so clear the interests are unified. is that the point here? what lloyd blankfein is saying, the tax changes they want may be good for the businesses but may not be good for us as a political entity. >> i don't think they're good for the businesses. i think this is very short-term thinking. i don't think they're thinking about the long horizon. what they're talking about is the result of the financialization of companies and ceos obsessed with short-term profits manipulating the stock prices so they get short-term compensation. in some cases that's not even good for the company ten years down the road. they've forgotten taxpayers and employees are their constituents just as much as shareholders. >> i think what they're really saying here is we've got to solve this federal deficit issue. we can't have this quote-unquote fiscal cliff-hanging out there. they're saying that unemployment will rise a percentage point
right after it. [ >> thank you so much. >> i still love you america. i do. but you've heard my feelings very, very much. >> i want to assure the american people that i learned a lot in my first term. mainly that this is a terrible job, and i hate it. >> eliot: it's not that terrible. hurricane sandy's clean up [ voice of dennis ] driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok. [ voice of dennis ] silence. are you in good hands? now to my point. (vo) jennifer granholm ... >>for every discouraged voter, there are ten angry ones taking action. trickle down does not work. in romney's world, cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft. that is a whole bunch of bunk. the powerful may steal an election, but they can't steal democracy. >> eliot: it has been two weeks since sandy and now we have karina-like ravages here in new york. basic necessities still have not been met. governor cuomo acknowledged as much today. >> 98% 99% of the people who can have their power back do. if you don't have your power back, it probably means power can't
. [ male announcer ] make sure america's ready. make sure you're ready. at ♪ ♪ >> eliot: if such a thing is possible, tuesday night was a very bad night to be a billionaire. especially if you donated generously to the super pacs supporting mitt romney's bid for the presidency. with all the talk of money influencing our politics, the question after this $6 billion election what did all that money buy? we have political reporter nick confesori. thank you for joining us. >> you're welcome. >> eliot: the inroads that they made the influence they would buy, but in the end they lost. >> here's what i would say it turns out that mitt romney and the republicans were not lying when they they faced $1 billion onslaught from barack obama. they did face $1 billion onslaught from abraham. one way they kept it competitive was super pacs and outside spending. every was looking for the wave of outside spending to swamp obama. what really happened was that romney needed the wave of outside spending just to draw even with obama. when you look at the advert
you so much. >> i still love you america. i do. but you've heard my feelings very, very much. >> i want to assure the american people that i learned a lot in my first term. mainly that this is a terrible job, and i hate it. >> eliot: it's not that terrible. hurricane sandy's clean up continues, and the costs mount. that's next. 15 succeeded in setting their houses on fire. at christmas, there was a lot of driving over the river and through the woods. and a little bit of skidding on the ice and taking out grandma's garage door. so while you're celebrating, allstate will be standing by. trouble never takes a holiday. neither should your insurance. that's allstate's stand. are you in good hands? ♪ ♪ you know who is coming on to me now? you know the kind of guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mi
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